On paper, this collaboration between celebrated Italian producer DJ Tennis and long-serving Ninja Tune stalwart Fink is an unlikely one. In reality, though, it works really well. Fink's melancholic, heartfelt vocals and gentle piano lines are a perfect foil for Tennis's gentle, soft touch house groove and dusty audio textures (see the superb, nine-minute Club Mix). The accompanying remix package is rather good, too. There's a sumptuous, string-laden ambient revision from OPUS 3000 that's worth the entrance money on its own, a rolling but spacey deep house revision from Lee Jones, a brilliant chunk of dark and moody electronica from Mentrix and a club-friendly tweak by The/Das that sounds a little like early Floating Points crossed with skewed outsider house.
We're not quite sure how one measures the temperature of a shadow, but we assume it's yet another in a long list of talents possessed by Ninja Tune stalwart Fin Greenall aka Fink. This guy counts everything from being a (retired) DJ to an early Amy Winehouse producer amongst his achievements but it's all about the singer-songwriter shizzle now. The title track is a broody electro-acoustic stormer that gets reworked by Sideshow (a lolloping downtempo mix), Marcus Worgull (soothing Balaerica) and totally overhauled in an intense, freaky fashion by Colin Stetson and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.